Functional Assessments of Preschool Children: Optimizing Developmental and Family Supports in Early Intervention

Michael E. Msall, Michelle R. Tremont, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher

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Abstract

There are major gaps in provision of services to vulnerable preschool populations that comprehensively link a child's strengths and challenges across health, home, developmental, social, and community systems. The purpose of this article is to describe the use of measures of functional assessment of essential activities in self-care, mobility, communication, and social cognition in preschool children. Psychometric properties of the various tests are described. By developing a common language that simultaneously celebrates developmental accomplishments and addresses the ecology of enablement, early childhood professionals can prioritize comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies that optimize family supports and community participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-66
Number of pages21
JournalInfants and Young Children
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2001

Keywords

  • Adaptive behavior
  • Children at risk
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Early intervention
  • Functional assessment
  • Very low birth weight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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